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    It was quite a few years ago but I had purchased some tufa rock for a salt water aquarium at an aquarium store. I have read recently (in the last couple years) that aquarists no longer use it because of some substance which leeches into the water (which along with improper lighting compared to what we know today) may have contributed to my SW tanks invetrebrate deaths.

    I don't know if this chemical (I will try to find the entry in my reef books) would apply to plants being watered with soft pure water or not but knowing that I might be inclined to go with lava rock or true pumice for any porus stone needs.

    You can buy smaller chunks of lava rock (up to 1" pieces) for horticultural use in garden centers but I'm not sure if you're thinking of a large stone to "mount" the plant to or simply rock to put in a pot and plant it in?

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    I think that's it. The name sounds right because I couldn't remember it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] I'll let you all know if that name is right. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hi Swords,

    The lava rock and pumice would have to be larger enough to mount plants(anywhere from 4in to 12in etc.).
    As for tufa, it is a form of calcium calcite. Maybe it raised the pH of the water...

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    It appears I can not find the specific sentence about Tufa stone that that I wanted to copy here but I believe it is in either The Conscientious Marine Aquarist or Natural reef Aquariums both by John Tullock. But it does mention that volcanic stone leeches excess metals into the water. But this may only happen when in contact with sea water. The water you'd use for pings would have no resemblence to sea water other than being wet. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    On the other hand do you have a rock shop in your area or nearby? In Minnesota we have one that I know of that sells everything from agates to fossils, they also carry pumice and other not-so-rare specimens for rather reasonable prices. You might find one in your area under "rocks" or "precious stones" in your yellow book.

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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] i like the idear especialy for p.vulgaris maybe some of you should visit http://perso.club-internet.fr/epbb....ai.html it has great pinguicula info and cultavation tips and plenty of pics

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    here are few photos of pings on rocks
    sure look great and intersting
    the growers use to take them outdoors when the climents is right






    The last photo was taken at botanical garden at the Czech Rep.
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    Very nice photos Arie!
    The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the management. And the management will be happy to hear that!

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    Hi Arie,

    Do you happen to know the name of the large clump of plants at the top of the second photo?

    Very nice photos indeed [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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